ERMANNO WOLF-FERRARI (1876-1948): Violin Sonatas No. 1 in G Minor, Op. 1, No. 2 in A Minor, Op. 10 and No. 3 in E, Op. 27.
Catalogue Number: 05W051
Description: Wolf-Ferrari’s reputation rests largely on his operas, but the instrumental music he composed at the beginning and end of his career deserves a wider currency. The influence of Brahms can be detected in the first (1895) and second sonatas, though Wolf-Ferrari’s distinctive long-breathed melodies and chromatic flow are clearly present; the dramatic and expressive second from 1901 also includes references to Wagner’s Tristan. With its neo-Bachian figuration, passages of intense melancholy and uplifting operatic fantasy, the third sonata (1943) is an enigmatic work, and unlike any other in the repertoire. Emmanuele Baldini (violin), Luca Delle Donne (piano).